Why Must I Stay Home?

Home With Symptoms, What Should I Do?

Isolate if you or someone in your home is sick, or have any of the symptoms listed below. Keep those infected away from those who are not.

Common symptoms* may appear 2–14 days after exposure: Fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. *This is not a complete list of symptoms.

Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. If sick, call your health care provider. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency.

While in isolation:

  • Keep health care provider’s contact information handy.
  • Treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicines recommended by health care provider.
  • Ensure sick person drinks plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. 
  • Rest at home.
  • Monitor for worsening symptoms.
  • Symptoms typically last a few days and resolve after a week.

Limit contact with someone infected. Whenever possible:

  • Give sick person a separate room and bathroom.
  • Avoid sharing household items.
  • Sick person should wear a facemask when around others (in the home, a vehicle, doctor’s office, etc.)
  • If sick person can’t wear a facemask, others should wear one while in the same room as someone infected.
  • Everyone should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with someone infected.
  • If you can’t wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol. Spread sanitizer all over your hands and rub together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Disinfect all frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Use household cleaners safely by following label instructions.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly.
  • Use disposable gloves if laundering soiled items. Keep items away from your body. Remove gloves, wash hands immediately.

Any additional questions, contact your health care provider or state or local health department.

Source  CDC; CDC; Johns Hopkins; NYT